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With all the cranes up around downtown Toronto, you may be surprised that one of the GTA’s largest and most exciting new developments is actually taking shape 30 kilometres west in the City of Mississauga. M City by Rogers Real Estate Development Limited and Urban Capital is a 15-acre, 4.3 million square foot master-planned community that will consist of 10 towers and over two acres of public parkland. M City Phase One has already sold out and sales at M City Phase Two are well underway, with both towers now under construction.

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Last week, the developers took the wraps off the third phase, M3 Condos, at an unveiling ceremony on the site of the project. In attendance were Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of the City of Mississauga, John Anderton, VP and Treasurer at Rogers Real Estate Development, Mark Reeve, Partner at Urban Capital, Mansoor Kazerouni, Chief Architect at IBI Group, and emcee Nando Iannicca, also Mississauga’s Ward 7 Councillor.

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“Mississauga is undergoing transformational changes and we’re working to build a more complete, livable, walkable and well-planned city with a vibrant downtown core,” said Crombie. “M City represents a $1.5 billion investment in the heart of our downtown core and will provide housing for over 10,000 people once complete, and as Mississauga continues to urbanize and embrace density and intensification — where it makes sense — we need to shift our focus on building up instead of building out, and that’s precisely what we are doing.”

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M3 Condos is situated on the western edge of the site along Burnhamthorpe Road West and is flanked by a linear park to the east and a two-acre park to the south. Residents will be surrounded by a variety of local amenities, including the Square One Shopping Centre to the north. The sprawling retail hub is the largest shopping centre in Ontario and is the centrepiece of Mississauga’s City Centre, which also includes City Hall, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus.

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“M3 Tower will anchor the composition of the entire community as well as downtown Mississauga,” said Anderton. “The marquis location on Burnhamthorpe is deserving of an iconic design and to ensure we deliver on our own expectations, we held a design competition and invited the top architectural firms from across Canada to participate.”

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The winning proposal came from Toronto-based IBI Group, whose sleek and bold, sawtooth-like design impressed the judges.

“Our challenge as designers was to ensure that we were complimenting the existing renowned Marilyn Monroe towers and preserving the spirit of dynamic architecture that made M City and M City 2 so striking,” said Kazerouni. “ However, we wanted M3 to stand on its own, and to raise the bar for architectural excellence in Mississauga.”

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At 81-storeys and nearly 900 units, M3 will become the city’s tallest tower, taking a commanding position in the Mississauga skyline. The tower’s verticality is enhanced by a dynamic facade defined by sawtooth balconies that create a black and white diagonal pattern up the building.

“Crowned by a sloped and stepped profile that complements the diagonal balcony pattern, the top eight floors will feature these incredible penthouse terraces that will allow residents to experience the city at heights never before experienced in this area,” said Kazerouni. “And the dramatic stepped out crown with the sudden shift in the tower will make M3 recognizable and visible from all over Mississauga and beyond.”

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The building’s unique design also allows for an interesting amenity pavilion clad in metal and glass, located at the top of the podium. Residents will have access to amenities like a state-of-the-art gymnasium and an indoor pool overlooking the park. In addition to street-level retail and amenities, M3’s podium will also house office space.

“M3 is going to be a truly landmark building and a fantastic complement to M1 and M2,” added Reeve. “Mississauga is going to have a fabulous collection of some of the most stunning pieces of architecture in the city and in the GTA.”

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To learn more about M3, visit mcitycondos.com to register.

For more information email info@mcitycondos.com or call 905 232 0552.

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